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Report: 56 homeless people died on Multnomah County streets in 2014

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Multnomah County released the fourth ‘Domicile Unknown’ report which showed that 56 people have died on the streets in 2014.

The ‘Domicile Unknown’ report is the Multnomah County Health Department’s annual review of homeless deaths.

The analysis was launched in 2011 as a collaboration between Chair Deborah Kafoury and Street Roots Community Newspaper.

The intent of the report is to identify areas where resources and policies can be directed help those experiencing homelessness.

In the past four years since the report began, 191 people who were experiencing homelessness have died. However, this number could be greater because it does not count those who have died in hospital emergency departments.

“The lack of affordable local housing, the opiate epidemic and the persistent challenges of mental illness and addiction are contributing causes of deaths that could otherwise be prevented,” said Deborah Kafoury, Chair of the Multnomah County Commission.

The report focuses on boosting mental health and addictions outreach, linking people to downtown medical care and case management, and additional housing for those with severe mental illness.

"If there ever was a reminder that we have a housing crisis and a homeless emergency on our streets - this should be it,'' said Bayer of Street Roots. "Dozens of people are literally dying on our streets each and every year. We must act boldly and offer our residents a safe to call home."

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